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MatchLens Application
Indelible Pictures, Inc.

This calculator computes the equivalent lens focal length to produce the same field of view between two cameras with different aperture/sensor sizes. It will do a “Match Lens” calculation, and produce the closest equivalent angle of view lens, in millimeters, for both vertical and horizontal frames, between the original camera’s focal length and the current camera’s focal length.

MatchLens is slanted toward the professional movie industry, covering 16mm, 35mm and high definition video formats, but also covers an extensive list of professional DSLR’s and consumer point-and-shoot digital camera formats, which can be matched across all standards: motion picture film, video, and still photography.

For example, you are scouting a film location with a still camera, like a Canon PowerShot SD500 (7.17 x 5.3 mm sensor) and you want to evaluate what lens is needed to achieve the same field of view with a High Definition Sony F-35 (26.6 x 13.3 mm sensor).

In MatchLens, you input the information from your original camera by simply choosing the FILM, VIDEO, or STILL button, then selecting the camera format from the scrolling list. Then repeat for the current camera.

Next, you enter the focal length from the original camera. MatchLens will compute a comparable focal length for the current camera.

Note on still camera formats: Most still camera formats/sensor sizes are represented in MatchLens’s scrolling list, though not every brand name is mentioned. Sensor sizes are somewhat standard and are shared by many manufactures. I If you don’t see your camera listed by name, check on-line with the manufacture, or in your manual, to determine your camera’s sensor size. Select that sensor size in the scrolling list, regardless of the camera’s brand name.

Formats Covered

Film Cameras (motion picture)

Super 8 - 1.33
16mm Full Aperture - 1.37
16mm TV Transmitted - 1.33
16mm TV Safe Action - 1.33
Super 16 mm - 1.37
16mm-Super - 1.78
16mm-Super - 1.85
35mm Academy Full Ap. - 1.33
35mm TV Transmitted - 1.33
35mm TV Safe Action - 1.33
35mm Large TV 4 perf - 1.33
35mm Projection Aper.-1.85
Super 35 mm Full Ap.
35mm-Super 4 perf - 1.78
35mm-Super 4 perf - 1.85
35mm-Super 3 perf - 2.40
35mm Anamorphic - 2.40
35mm VistaVision 8 perf -1.51
65mm - Full Aperture - 2.29
70mm - Extraction - 2.40
IMAX - 15 perf - 1.37

Digital Video (motion picture)

Arri D-21 (in Data Mode)
Arri D-21 (HD Mode)
Alexa Arri Raw
Alexa HD
Sony F-35 - Full - 1.78
Sony F-35 - Extraction - 2.40
Sony F-35 -Extraction - 1.85
Phantom HD 720p
Phantom HD 1080p
Genesis 1.78:1
Genesis 1.85:1
Genesis 2.40:1
Red Camera 2K
Red Camera 3K
Red Camera 4K
Silicon Imaging SI-2K
2/3 CCD Full - 1.78
2/3 CCD - 1.85
2/3 CCD - 2.40
1/2" Video (SonyEX3)16x9
1/3" Video 16x9
1/4 Video 16x9

Still Cameras Formats

Phase 1 P45+Digital Backs
6x9 cm Pentax
6x6 cm Hasselblad
Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 1D MkIII
Conon 1D Mark IV
Leica M8
Nikon D200
1.8" APS Many variants exist
Canon 7D
Canon 40D
Canon 30D
Cannon Rebel XT
4/3" Olympus E-300
The Lumix GH1
2/3" Nikon Coolpix 5000
Lumix DMC-LX3
1/1.7 PowerShot G9
1/1.8" PowerShot SD500
1/2" Nikon Coolpix 950
1/2.5" Olympus C-740, C-750
1/2.5" Canon SD700, SD800
1/2.5" Ricoh R3, R4, R5
1/2.7 Nikon Coolpix 2500, 3500
1/2.7 Sony DSC-P31
1/2.7 Canon A40
1/3" Nikon Coolpix 100
1/3" Casio QV-8000SX
1/3.2" Canon A100, A200
1/4" Apple iPhone

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What's New

Added BlackMagic Design's Cinema and Phase One Back IQ180 cameras.

Fixed aperture values for the Phase 1 P45+Digital Backs camera.

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